Louisville Cardinals vs Houston Cougars

Ever since a six-point loss at Clemson on October 1st, Louisville knew it was going to need a number of upsets to happen to teams in front of them in the rankings in order to re-enter the College Football Playoff discussion, and most of them came to fruition last weekend. The Cardinals hope to take advantage of their good fortune and impress the CFP committee with a resume-building win Thursday when they attempt to end Houston’s 14-game home winning streak (Enter Contest).

Michigan, Clemson and Washington were three of the teams Louisville in the coaches’ poll before Saturday. In one single day, those three programs fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, putting the Cardinals in a much more favorable position. Louisville moved from No. 6 to No. 5 in the CFP rankings. Top 4 teams will have a chance to play for a national championship. For the first 45 minutes of its last contest, Louisville appeared to be on the verge of joining the aforementioned top-five teams before piling up 34 points in the fourth quarter en route to a 44-12 win over Wake Forest on Saturday. It is the most productive quarter in NCAA football history since a 35-point eruption against Washington-Tennessee on October 8, 1913.

The Cougars lost two of their first three games in October to fall out of the Top 25, but they have seemingly righted the ship with back-to-back wins. Houston served notice early last season that it was ready to wreak havoc on the big boys of college football, forcing four turnovers and blocking a potential tying field goal in the final minute to pull off a 34-31 upset at Louisville.

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (9-1)

Quarterback Lamar Jackson continued to shatter records on a near-weekly basis last Saturday, breaking Teddy Bridgewater’s single-season school record of 4,048 offensive yards and tying another single-season school mark with his seventh 100-yard rushing effort. While the Heisman Trophy frontrunner was limited to season lows in total yards (298) and touchdowns responsible for (one), senior running back Brandon Radcliff sparked Louisville’s 41-point second-half explosion with a career-high three TDs and rushed for 141 yards, giving the Cardinals a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for a school-record third time this season. The Cardinals lead FBS with 6.68 yards per carry. Devonte Fields matched a personal best with three sacks Saturday, while fellow linebacker James Hearns added a career-high two of Louisville’s season-high seven sacks.

ABOUT HOUSTON (8-2)

Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. joined Case Keenum (20,114) and Kevin Kolb (13,715) as the only players in school history to amass 10,000 yards of total offense last weekend, and he moved into a second-place tie with Kolb (26) for the most wins by a Cougars quarterback. Junior wide receiver Linell Bonner caught nine passes for 97 yards Saturday, marking the fifth time this season he has managed at least eight receptions and 97 yards in the same game. Freshman defensive tackle Ed Oliver continued to wreak havoc in last weekend’s 30-18 win over Tulane, recording his FBS-best (among defensive linemen) sixth pass breakup while adding 1.5 tackles for loss to give him 16.5 for the season. Houston’s average margin of victory during its home winning streak is 19.3 points.

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Texas A&M vs. Louisville

By: Aldo Panessidi

 

Welcome to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl featuring Texas A&M against Louisville.  This will be an exciting game with Louisville winning 28-17 over Texas A&M.  Play the best fantasy college football contests at Fanpicks.com

 

Texas A&M will have a new quarterback when it faces Louisville in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn. Sophomore Kyle Allen and freshman Kyler Murray, who combined for 2,896 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while splitting time this year, announced they were transferring out of Texas A&M as the Aggies began bowl preparations. Sophomore Jake Hubenak (a transfer from Blinn Junior College) is the only other Aggies quarterback to throw a pass this season.

The Cardinals, won five of their last six games to qualify coach Bobby Petrino for a school-record sixth bowl appearance, also used two starting quarterbacks this season. Dual-threat freshman Lamar Jackson led the Cardinals in rushing yards (734) and touchdowns (nine) in 11 appearances and six starts. Sophomore Kyle Bolin is a pocket-passer and threw for 1,154 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

The pressure will be on the two defenses to slow these offenses full of talented, young skill players. The Aggies rank third nationally in tackles for loss – led by Myles Garrett’s SEC-best 18.5 – and held teams to 161.2 passing yards. Devonte Fields had 19.5 tackles for loss while the Cardinals ranked 13th in total defense (323.4).

 

TEXAS A&M Season Overview (8-4, 4-4 SEC): Allen made nine starts and Murray had three while Hubenak went 12-of-27 for 92 yards and one touchdown in five appearances. Hubenak will have plenty of targets in Christian Kirk (70 catches for 925 yards, six TDs), Ricky Seals-Jones (42, 542, three) and Josh Reynolds (40, 730, five). Kirk, the SEC Freshman of the Year after recording 1,659 all-purpose yards, finished with a 24.4-yard average and two scores on punt returns.

 

LOUISVILLE Season Overview (7-5, 5-3 ACC): Jackson – who threw for 1,613 yards, 10 TDs and eight interceptions – is practicing taking snaps under center after spending most of the year in a pistol or shotgun formation. Jamari Staples (36 catches for 610 yards, three TDs) and James Quick (35 catches for 551 yards, five TDs) led the team in receiving while freshmen Ja ylen Smith (27 catches, 372 yards, one TD) and Traveon Samuel (18 catches, 177 yards, one TD) got valuable experience. Brandon Radcliff added 587 yards and seven scores on the ground.

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 12-30-2015

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Louisville Cardinals College Football Fantasy Preview 12-30-2015

 

The Music City Bowl will feature the Louisville Cardinals to meet the Texas A&M Aggies. College football daily fantasy league GM’s can tune to ESPN TV on Wednesday December 30th at 7PM Eastern Time to track the results of their DFS roster picks.

 

The once explosive Texas A&M Aggies offense has shown issues getting points on the board. They have been held to 10 points of fewer in three of their past six games with the opponents being LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss. The Aggies have fallen to mid-pack in scoring offense in 2015 as they push across just 28.3 points per game.

 

Louisville finished the regular season at 7-5. They got off to a slow start behind a freshman quarterback but rallied winning five of their past six games. They continue to be a solid defensive team ranking 14th best in college football holding teams to just 323 yards per game.

 

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Running back Brandon Radcliff came on during the latter half of the season. In their final regular season game the junior running back had two touchdowns on the ground against Kentucky. He had 146 yards rushing on November 14th against Virginia with two touchdowns. Radcliff will be running against the 106th rushing defense from college football.

 

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USC Trojans vs. Wisconsin Badgers College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-30-2015

 

The Holiday Bowl features the Wisconsin Badgers to meet the USC Trojans. DFS draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Wednesday December 30th at 10:30PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their daily fantasy football roster selections.

 

The USC Trojans were an inconsistent team in 2015. They finished at 8-5 after a loss to Stanford in the PAC 12 title game. The team possesses the 30th ranked passing offense from college football behind quarterback Cody Kessler and wide out Juju Smith. They had issues defending the dynamic passing attacks from college football but that is not Wisconsin behind quarterback Joel Stave.

 

Wisconsin was able to avoid the heavyweight teams in the Big Ten conference in 2015 in Michigan St, Ohio St and Michigan who were not on the schedule. Their losses in the Big Ten came against Iowa and Northwestern where they could only score 7 points on the Wildcats and a mere 6 points on the Hawkeyes. The Badgers have put together solid defensive numbers but they have not seen the speed and skill level of this USC Trojans team.

 

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Trojans senior quarterback Cody Kessler will be playing his final game for USC. He is an NFL prospect so expect the Trojans game plan to be passing the football downfield to help his draft status. Kessler completed 67% of his throws in 2015 for 3315 yards with 28 touchdowns and 6 picks. The game is being played in nearby San Diego where the weather figures to be good for the Holiday Bowl. Kessler has thrown for multiple touchdowns in four of his past five games. He passed for 365 yards at Notre Dame and 375 yards at Arizona St both are bowl teams. The Trojans receiving corps are healthy and will have success spreading out the field and finding open targets against a slower secondary that Kessler will have success throwing against.

 

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Leading wide receiver Juju Smith is healthy for the Trojans entering the Holiday Bowl. He has caught 85 balls for 1389 yards with ten touchdowns. Smith has averaged 16.3 yards per reception on the season.

 

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Clemson Tigers versus Louisville Cardinals College Football Fantasy Picks

From the ACC conference the Louisville Cardinals will be hosting the Clemson Tigers from college football action. Fantasy draft managers can check out this college football game on Thursday September 17th at 7:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV.

It was a defensive battle when these clubs met last year with Clemson earning the 23-17 victory. Not much yardage from either offense with the Tigers gaining just 229 yards with Louisville gaining 264 yards.

Clemson began 2-0 on the year but have played a very weak schedule to open the season. They included home games and blowout wins against Wofford and Appalachian St.

Louisville has had a much tougher schedule facing Auburn in a neutral field in week one and losing 31-24. Then last week the Cardinals hosted the Houston Cougars and lost in their home opener 34-31.

Clemson Tigers QB:

Sophomore Deshaun Watson has completed 77% of his throws this year with five touchdowns and one pick. Last year he hit on 68% of his throws with 14 touchdowns and two picks.

Clemson Tigers RB:

Wayne Gallman is the leading rusher for the Tigers with 171 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging six yards a carry in 2015. Last year through ACC conference and non-conference play he averaged 4.8 yards per run.

Clemson Tigers WR:

Artavis Scott leads the Tigers with 12 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Charone Peake had six grabs for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Peake is averaging 16.3 yards per reception.

Louisville Cardinals QB:

Freshman Lamar Jackson has seen extended time this year and has completed 55% of his throws for 268 yards with a touchdown and three picks. He has rushed for 122 yards in two games with two touchdowns.

Louisville Cardinals RB:

Brandon Radcliff has rushed for 119 yards on the year with two touchdowns with 4.4 yards per rush average.

Louisville Cardinals WR:

Freshman Micky Crum had eight grabs for 122 yards and a touchdown. Crum is averaging 15.3 yards per catch on the year.

Jaylen Smith another freshman has caught eight passes for 94 yards.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets versus Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Football One Day League Fantasy Picks

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be at home facing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday September 19th. College football fantasy GM’s can tune to NBC at 3:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their daily league rosters.

Georgia Tech enters play with a 2-0 record with blowout wins against weak foes in Alcorn St and Tulane at home. Notre Dame has played tougher opponents in Texas at home and last week the Fighting Irish had a tough fight winning at Virginia. The Fighting Irish are also 2-0 as they crushed Texas in week one winning 38-3.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets QB:

Justin Thomas is a junior signal caller in his second year as a starter. Thomas has completed 77% of his throws this year for 151 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. He has rushed for 73 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. This dual threat quarterback could give Notre Dame some trouble.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets RB:

Marcus Marshall leads the club on the ground with 221 rushing yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. He is averaging nearly 16 yards a carry.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish QB:

Malik Zaire suffered a season ending injury last week at Virginia as he fractured his ankle.

DeShone Kizer a sophomore will get the start for the Fighting Irish. Last week in a relief role Kozer hit on 8 of 13 passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

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